Over the last few years I have seen increasing numbers of wild pigs while out on my outdoor excursions. As I understand it, wild pigs weren't very common in California until William Randolph Hearst imported some Russian Wild Boar to stock his private game preserve at Hearst Castle.
One of my many regrets through my travels is that I didn't take more pictures.
Making lists is the first step in missing the point, because it only increases the chances of looking back, judging based on check marks and failing to realize that life had its own plan and it would have been pretty great if you wouldn't have been so preoccupied.
VARSITY: James Riley 279-236 - 692, Jordan O'Rear 227-223-629, Christopher Stewart 225-605, Carl Brown 212-582, Josh Delage 214-548, Ty Sheppard 547, Ashley Jones 244-546, Alex Leslie 509, Natalie Maertz 478, Courtney Sheppard 459, Brittina Burch 448.
Scenes from Sunday's Manteca U-14 Futbol Club Arsenal game.
There are a lot of other things that Irene Obera could have been doing on Saturday morning.
Seventy years ago, on May 10, 1940, Coach Larry Siemering's fighting Manteca High Buffaloes were back in the thick of the Modesto Sub-league pennant chase as they downed the Oakdale High nine, 9-2, at the Almond City. Bill Blodgett hurled steady ball for the Green and White and gave up only six hits to the Mustangs. He struck out 10 and walked three. Frankie Teicheira, second sacker, and Perry Tipton, catcher, led the Buffalo hitters for the afternoon with a trio of singles in five trips to the plate.
Terry Dickman, 52, started his CrossFit regimen in December 2008 to get in shape.
I grew up flyfishing for trout. I thought almost everyone fished for trout that way. Oh, I used worms & minnows beneath a bobber when Dad took us out pan fishing in the Delta or a local farmpond. But as far as trout were concerned, I never used anything but flies until I was in my late teens. There is a mystique that flyfishing is very difficult and takes years of practice. That's a load of hogwash. Flyfishing is so easy, a child can do it. Heck, if I can do it, anyone can do it. Let's examine some ...
Some companies understand that most anglers aren't willing to spend as much for products as they have in the past.
Over a pair of soft taco combos a few years ago, we decided to take a left off Highway 101 at the Russian River rather than continue a couple more hours to our usual spot on the Van Duzen.
The Ripon Rage volleyball club has three teams - 14 Red Power, 15 Red Power, 17 Red Power -advancing to the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships June26-July 3 in Reno, Nev.
Scenes from Friday's Manteca Futbol Club's spring League game at the Woodward Park soccer fields.
20 years ago: May 9, 1990 - Befitting a team that plowed through the opposition with a perfect record, Manteca High dominated the list of all-VOL tennis honorees announced Monday night by the league's coaches. The Buffaloes swept the big three awards, Sharyl Burgeson being named Coach of the Year, while Paul Banks was tabbed the Most Valuable Singles Player and the duo of John Blankenship and Julius Kamarga was selected as the Most Valuable Doubles Team. Banks got the nod on the basis of his 25-2 record.
If you've fished long enough, you surely have a blooper or two to tell about.
Manteca Bowl & Family Fun Center
The Ripon Knights varsity held the Merced Gauchos scoreless through three quarters Saturday and earned a berth in the Trans-Valley Youth Football League Super Bowl with a resounding 42-6 win over the Gauchos.
The Manteca Jaguars varsity blanked the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes 18-0 Saturday in the Pride Bowl on Saturday at Guss Schmiedt Field to wrap up the regular Cen-Cal season.
Joseph Espinosa led the Manteca Cowboys varsity in a 39-0 blanking of the Modesto Raiders on Sunday in opening-round action of the DYSA playoffs at Dino Cunial Field.
The junior varsity Ripon Chiefs continued their two-year winning streak Saturday with a 40-24 win over their rival Escalon Outlaws in the Valley Division of the Motherlode Valley Football League playoffs.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves wrapped up regular-season Delta Youth Football League play on Sunday with a 36-32 loss to the Weston Ranch Jr. Cougars at Dino Cunial Field.
The Manteca Jaguars varsity fought back from a two-touchdown first-quarter deficit to defeat the Oakdale Stampede 39-28 in Cen-Cal action.
The Ripon Chiefs varsity got on the board first Saturday in the opening round of the Motherlode Valley Football League playoffs against the Hughson Huskies but could not pull off the win in a 32-8 loss to the Huskies.
In opening-round action of the Trans-Valley Youth Football League the Ripon Knights junior varsity avenged a regular-season loss to the Modesto Christian Kingsmen with a convincing 25-8 win.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves varsity remained undefeated in conference play and sewed up the No. 1 seed in upcoming Delta Youth Football League playoffs with a 39-22 victory over the host Dublin Fighting Irish.
The Ripon Knights used a balanced and pounding attack to defeat the Denair Lions 40-8 on Saturday at Ripon Christian High School to sew up the first seed and an opening-round bye in the upcoming Trans-Valley Youth Football League playoffs.
Angel Garay ran for 116 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Manteca Jaguars varsity to a 38-8 win over the Merced Bears in Cen-Cal action.
The Ripon Chiefs varsity got on the board first Saturday, but that was not enough as the undefeated Escalon Outlaws battled back to win 28-8 in the Motherlode Valley Football League regular-season finale.